Hotel Altapura – Val Thorens
Hotel Type: 5 star ski in / ski out hotel in the heart of skiing mecca Val Thorens. With a beautiful alpine – scandi hybrid design this chic hotel is an F&P favourite.
Location: Right on the piste in Val Thorens – ski straight from the door to the Plein Sud chairlift whisking you in to the 3 Vallées ski area. A short (free) shuttle ride will land you right in the heart of resort, but with the facilities at this hotel you may never want to leave!
Style: Scandinavian in style this design-led hotel has real wow factor from the moment you walk in to reception. Definitely a departure from the traditional alpine luxury hotels offering something more to go with the spectacular views!
Rooms: 88 rooms ranging from delightful doubles to sumptuous suites. There are interconnecting rooms available for families and all rooms boast a beautiful view either south across the valley, or up towards the pistes.
Ideal For: Families and friends looking for good value 5 star luxury. There is a free, fully staffed kids club open from 12 daily with loads of activities for kids of all ages. The pool and spa offer a tranquil space to relax and unwind and the choice of restaurants has something to suit any taste. This really is one of the best value 5 star hotels in the area.
Dining: The “2 mille 3” restaurant serves food throughout the day on their terrace with a great selection from the grill. In the evening attention is turned to food theatrically cooked in front of you, Asian, French and all sorts in between. The more intimate restaurant “Les Enfants Terribles” serves fantastic classic French cuisine. For the cheese lovers the separate fromagerie “La laitière” is a one stop shop for fondue, raclette and pierrade.
Spa: The enormous spa area is beautifully designed with a huge indoor / outdoor pool so you can swim whilst taking in the stunning scenery.
Activities and Experiences: Skiing, Snowboarding, Dog Sledding, Snow Cat driving, Hangliding, Ski Touring, Hiking, Snowmobile, Yoga, Walking, Ice Climbing, Paragliding, Fat Biking, Tobogganing, Swimming, Sky Diving, Hot air balloon riding, Helicopter rides.
Low season price from: €215 per night on a B&B basis
High season price from: €375 per night on a B&B basis
In the highest resort in the Alps, Val Thorens, sits the glamorous and ultra modern Altapura. This is not your traditional alpine retreat, but cool Scandinavian chic. It surely has one of the best positions in Val Thorens, facing south over the entire Three Valleys, with skiing right to the front door. The faultless service and relaxed ambiance stand out, as does the choice of dining. A mountain style brasserie, Les Enfants Terribles, 2.Mille.3 restaurant where your food is theatrically cooked in front of you and La Laiterie – one for those partial to a fondue, will ensure you never go hungry. The rooms and suites are all light pine and coloured furnishing, with high-tech gadgets and big windows, with many adjoining options for families.
We love the feeling of being on top of the world here, and the rooms and suites with their fabulous views don’t disappoint. The Classic and slightly larger Club rooms are cosy, but still spacious, and have pull out sofa beds for a small child, whilst the Deluxe Rooms are larger and have sofa beds that can accommodate two children. The Junior Suites are sophisticated and roomy and can take two adults and two children and the larger Junior Family Suites have two separate bedrooms. If you’re looking for real luxury, the Duplex and Family Duplex have mezzanine accommodation and quite spectacular design features – we rather like the cowhide bath! The Cocooning Suite takes ski luxury to a whole new level, with wall-to-wall sheepskin, so much so, you might never venture out onto the mountain! All the rooms and suites are fabulously equipped with free Wifi, and iPod docking station, TV Mac Mini with HD screen, video on demand, safe, minibar, and a Nespresso machine.
You will not go hungry when you stay at the Altapura with its three very different restaurants. 2Mille3 out on the terrace on a sunny day, is a fabulous place for lunch, with its traditionally Savoyard menu, and to watch the world go by. Head inside in the evening for dinner and dine on a dizzying choice of international dishes. French classics and succulent steaks are the mainstay of Les Enfants Terribles, making this a very good dinner option, where you’ll also find a separate seafood and oyster bar. And for those partial to proper mountain food, then book a table at La Laiterie where fondue and raclette are taken very seriously, made with cheese by the Altupura’s very own cheesemaker.
Families love the Altapura – it’s ski in / ski out and the staff are all very friendly and helpful. All the rooms and suites have room for a cot and there’s even a kids’ concierge. The hotel has a play area that’s staffed from lunchtime to early evening.
The Altapura has a ski concierge who can advise you on where to ski and book you a guide for the day. Pre-book your skis from the hotel’s shop and hire centre so everything is ready and waiting for you on your arrival. There’s also a good range of equipment and clothing there, if you fancy upgrading your kit at any time… We recommend the Spa with its indoor and outdoor pool, steam room, sauna and ice chamber for the brave. We can book treatments for you in advance, so please just ask.